I’m one of those people who visibly twitch at those supposedly clever online posts about how technology is killing our ability to socialize. You know, “We live in a society, dang nabbit, and you kids with your darn tootin’ Facebooks and Tweeters have forgotten how to hold proper conversations.”
She was a fearless fighter for our freedom, and one of the first of her kind: She was Frankie Muse Freeman, a brilliant civil rights attorney, activist and icon. She died Friday, Jan. 12, at the age of 101.
It’s awards season—my favorite time of the year! Some butches may look forward to the Super Bowl (I’m personally planning to hate-watch Justin Timberlake’s halftime show), but I look forward to awards season because: red carpets!
Julia Nepper was just 12 years old when she began attending community college in Wilmington, N.C.
The Rhodes Trust has announced its newest Rhodes scholars, and 10 of the 32 American students selected (pdf) to attend the United Kingdom’s Oxford University for postgraduate studies are African American, the most ever to receive the prestigious honor.
“I was being Taylor Swift and you just Kanye’d me,” Angela Rye said, scolding her The Root 100 gala co-host, Extra’s A.J. Calloway. Only someone as strong-willed as Rye could use “Kanye” as a verb. But what else do you do when you’re having your shining moment and A.J. Calloway comes up, attempting to take that shine?
In April, 19-year-old Amanda Gorman was named America’s first national youth poet laureate. The Los Angeles native is a sophomore at Harvard University studying sociology.
The best way to start any day is with some black excellence, and today that cup runneth the hell over. The list of MacArthur fellows is out, and this year, six of the recipients are black.
OK, so I'll admit that maybe "on fleek" is over, but it just felt right describing a celebration of melanin in the room at The Root 100 Gala Monday night. So let me have this, OK?